• Short Summary

    IN THE BAVARIAN VILLAGE OF OBERAMMERGAU THE STARS OF THE FAMOUS PASSION PLAY, PERFORMED EVERY 10TH YEAR IN THANKSGIVING TO GOD FOR LIFTING THE BLACK PLAGUE OF 1633, ARE BUSY PREPARING FOR THE 1970 SEASON.

  • Description

    IN THE BAVARIAN VILLAGE OF OBERAMMERGAU THE STARS OF THE FAMOUS PASSION PLAY, PERFORMED EVERY 10TH YEAR IN THANKSGIVING TO GOD FOR LIFTING THE BLACK PLAGUE OF 1633, ARE BUSY PREPARING FOR THE 1970 SEASON.

    EVERY ACTOR IN THE PLAY MUST HAVE LIVED IN OBERAMMERGAU WITHOUT INTERRUPTION FOR AT LEAST 20 YEARS AND PREFERABLY ALL HIS LIFE. IN A SMALL COMMUNITY OF 4,600 PEOPLE IT IS NOT EASY TO FIND SOMEONE WHO CAN PLAY CHRIST, OR THE VIRGIN MARY OR ST. PETER WITHOUT RAISING OBJECTIONS.

    THIS YEAR THE SELECTION COMMITTEE AWARDED THE PART OF CHRIST TO DR. HELMUT FISCHER, A 36-YEAR-OLD LAWYER WHO PLAYER THE APOSTLE THOMAS IN 1960. IT IS AN HONOUR BUT ALSO A CONSIDERABLE FINANCIAL SACRIFICE TO BE CHOSEN FOR THE PLAY. THE MAIN CHARACTERS ARE PAID ABOUT GBP700 (7,000 MARKS) FOR MORE THAN A HUNDRED PERFORMANCES BETWEEN MAY AND SEPTEMBER.

    IN THE OTHER MAIN PARTS ARE BEATIXE LANG AS THE VIRGIN MARY; HERR WAGNER AS JUDAS; HERR HASER AS PETRUS.

    HOTEL KEEPER ANTON PREISINGER, WHO PLAYED CHRIST IN 1960, AND IS PRODUCING THIS YEAR'S EFFORT, SAYS THE MAN CHOSEN TO PLAY CHRIST LIVES UNDER GREAT PRESSURE. HERR PREISINGER EXPLAINED THAT HERR FISCHER CANNOT REALLY HAVE MORE THAN TWO BEERS AT A TAVERN OR THERE WILL BE WHISPERS AND THAT THERE IS ALWAYS SOMEONE TO REPROVE THE LEADING PLAYER SHOULD HE LOSE HIS TEMPER OR BEHAVE WITH ANYTHING BUT DIGNITY IN PUBLIC.

    KARL BAUER, THE VILLAGE PRESS OFFICER, SAID THAT IT IS NOT ENOUGH FOR THE MAN WHO PLAYS CHRIST TO HAVE A GOOD CHARACTER - HE MUST ALSO HAVE STRENGTH OF CHARACTER. THE SAME APPLIES FOR THE WOMAN CHOSEN TO PLAY THE VIRGIN MARY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA16CS0VGACL9B4YZEM0NRL103V
    Media URN:
    VLVA16CS0VGACL9B4YZEM0NRL103V
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/01/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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